Decades of top-down aid and development policies have failed to address global inequity and grinding poverty for billions of world citizens. Our international development research is pioneering a different approach which we call ‘inclusive innovation’.
We are involving poor and marginalised people in developing their own solutions, and working with them to bring about a fairer and sustainable world.
Our research in this field reflects the OU’s commitment to educational opportunity and social justice.
Innovation profoundly affects health systems and access to care, but research on innovation and health equity needs proper integration.
Infrastructure demands are key to inclusive development so that exclusion is avoided.
Solutions are not simply about the 'best' technology – tensions may exist between agri-food, bio-energy and green-tech policies.
Human well-being is about more than income. It's about opportunities, what people can be and do – and how innovation affects this.
Innovation is the fundamental engine of growth, employment and quality of life, but its advantages are unevenly distributed.
Education is key to the SDGs, but transformation both at system level and within sites of learning is crucial if they are to be met.
Migration and forced displacement are among the most pressing global challenges of our times.
Identification of global commodity supply chains with the potential to reduce producer poverty, and mobilising consumer support is crucial in order to support future populations.